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Monday, April 17, 2017

*Grabby Hands* Review - Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning

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Title: Feversong
(Fever #9)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Category/Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.


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5 “Jericho & Mac” + 3 “The rest” Stars

Yes, I’m giving this book two ratings. Why? Because everything Mac & Jericho was perfection, but the rest was. And yes, I’m calling them Mac & Jericho and not Ms. Lane & Barrons and there’s a reason for it. Read the book or the rest of my spoilery review if you want to know.

I’m keeping this short part of the review spoiler-free, but it won’t last long.

This series is life (it inspired the tag with the same name). This series is home. It’s the first thing that comes to me when I think about books I love. Jericho Barrons is the first name that responds to the words “favorite male character”. MacKayla Lane is my badass book girlfriend. She’s the other half of my OTP. So, no matter how “not as excellent as the first five” the rest of the books in the series are they’ll still be my home. I’ll still want to read them the moment they come out. I’ll still be holding my breath when Karen announces a new book set in this world.

I know Feversong is supposed to be last in the series, but I’m not sure it is. I’ve heard rumors about Karen writing new titles with Mac & Jericho’s adventures after she writes Dani’s new trilogy. I want it. It’s as simples as that. When it comes to the Fever series, there’s no such a thing as “Stop while you’re winning”. Not when there’s a chance I’ll get more of my OTP.

I’m an addict. I know.

It might sound weird considering I’m giving the rest of the book 3 stars, but did you see the 5 stars that came before it? For a chance to get 5-star Mac & Jericho, I’ll take 3-star plotlines anytime. It doesn’t speak highly of me, but I love my OTP too much to care.

Mac & Jericho made this book worth reading for me. Individually and as a couple. As the couple. I missed them and I loved seeing how much they grew and developed. Especially Mac.

I’m so proud of her because she’s finally gotten to the place I’ve been waiting for her to get for the past couple books. She changed after Shadowfever, and it wasn’t in the best of ways, but I still held on to hope because I loved her. It was all worth it in the end. By the end of Feversong, Mac was the strong, independent, powerful woman I loved. She loved fiercely, fought restlessly and sacrificed a lot to keep the world from ending. She made tough calls that could’ve destroyed her and those she loved the most. She was Mac, and I love her for it.

Jericho was perfection, as usual. He’s my book husband and maybe I’m blind to his flaws, but I don’t care. I simply can’t resist him. I LOVED how he waited for Mac to come back to him. How he respected her and didn’t pressure her into becoming who he wanted her to be. How he recognized her true self and how he allowed her to set the rhythm of their relationship. How he respected her when she asked him not to do something or when she told him she was going to do something he didn’t like. How he protected those who mattered to him. How he didn’t let the “book” play games with him. Or anyone else, for that matter. How he was with Jada/Dani. He was Jericho, and I loved him for it.

Now, Mac and Jericho together was beyond perfect. They’re this thing... so strong, so epic, so meant-t0-be I can’t even deal. I don’t have the right words to explain my love and obsession with these two as a couple. I’ll use some of Karen’s words, then:

“No,” Barrons said, dangerously soft. “I’ve lost many things. Mac will never be one of them.”

“My eyes shimmered, and later Barrons would tell me they’d glowed with iridescent fire. It’s nice to meet you, too, Jericho.”

“Sun, moon, and stars,” he growled against my ear.I punched him in the shoulder. “Hush. You think I don’t know that?”

We shed our clothing urgently, kissing so deeply we couldn’t breathe, and I knew a thing about breath – you didn’t need it when you had this kind of love.And you didn’t want it if you lost this kind of love.

He smiled at me, dark eyes glimmering. “Rainbow Girl.’ He laced his fingers with mine and said nothing for a long time. Then, “We’ll find each other again. Somehow.”

Yes… *sniffs* I’m not ready to let them go.


But I have to move on to the SPOILERY part of the review… I don’t want to move away from Mac & Jericho

But I have to… So, here comes the WARNING:

I’ll try to keep this part short because my love letter to Mac & Jericho was already long enough.

Here are the things I liked about the rest of the book:

1. Every time Barrons and Dani interacted. It was funny, fresh and just what I needed. The texting part was hilarious and warmed my heart.

2. When Dani & Ryodan talked. Really talked. Shared. Broke down. When he let her punch him and cry and punch him some more. When she opened up to him in ways she hadn’t done with anyone else. It was just perfection. And when she kissed him? I almost had a heart attack. Everything after was shit, but at least I got those few pages of perfection.

3. When Dani & Ryodan argued and he punched the wall because she was being stubborn, this reminded me a little bit of old Barrons & Ms. Lane and how frustrating, but intoxicating they were in the beginning. How I missed those times.

4. Everything Christian. The Highlander turned Unseelie Prince was amazing every time he showed up. He brought so much humor to the scenes. I loved him.

5. When Mac says “Me, Barrons, Ryodan, Dani” and I’m like crying because I want those four to go out and conquer the world so bad. So bad. They’re it for me.

6. Mac telling off Lor then killing him. Lor coming back and saying he should stay away from Mac because he’d kill her, then Barrons would kill him, then he’d kill Barrons and they’d do it over and over for centuries. Me laughing because this is hilarious and utterly wrong while being right.

7. Mac becoming the Seelie Queen. Barrons (maybe) becoming the King. The painting. Me crying because, again, my OTP!

Here are the things I DIDN’T liked about the rest of the book:

1. It ended. It was long AF, but I wasn’t ready to let go.

2. Why so many POVs? I mean, I didn’t need the former Seelie Queen’s POV. Or some of the others that came. I could’ve used less POVs from the Sinsar Dubh, although he could be entertaining when he wanted. All I needed was Mac and Dani, in all honesty.

3.  Jo’s freaking death. I’m not over it and it happened in the first 15%. I can’t believe Karen went there. Bring Jo back. Lor needs her. I need them together. AND WRITE A BOOK ABOUT THE NINE.

4. What the heck was that with Cruce and forgiveness? Cruce is unnecessary. He should’ve died already. Mac should’ve killed him for what he did to her or let Barrons do it. She should’ve NOT kissed him or tried to justify his behavior. WTF, Karen? Rape isn’t justifiable. It just isn’t.

5.  That ending with Cruce being alive when he should’ve died. See topic above. He deserved to die. Jo didn’t. I rest my case.

6. Come on, the whole thing with locking the Sinsar Dubh with the Unseelie Princess body was too predictable. I could see that one coming from miles. Of course he would take over her body and go back to Dublin. Of course.  And the worst part? It didn’t even serve any big purpose. Was it just the kind of lazy way to make sure he got there when Mac sang the song that could destroy him? I’m glad it’s gone, but it was kind of “meh”.

7. Why all the fade to black during the sex scenes? Who thought that was a cool thing to do after so many books? It wasn’t. Don’t fade to black with my OTP.

8. Dani, Ryodan & Dancer love triangle. I just. Can’t. Even. I’m unable to even… I just… Why? Why did it go that way? I'm team Ryodan and always have been, so sure I'm a little pissed (a lot) Dani had her first time with Dancer, but it's more than just that. It's how it happened. How it seems like I was supposed to believe Dani developed those feelings for Dancer overnight, because she sure didn't seem to have fallen in love with him before she went to Ryodan, kissed him and got angry because he didn't want to sleep with her when she was a virgin. It was how Dancer's fatal heart condition was just a plot device, and how it seemed like Dani only wanted to be with him because she found out he was dying soon. How I knew he'd end up dead before the book was over. How Karen didn't write the tattoo off and forced Ryodan to experience everything Dani did when she was having sex. It was weird, cruel and too much. Everything about how this love triangle was treated than exterminated felt wrong. I'm so pissed. I just... can't even.

So, yeah, apart from a few good things and Mac & Jericho, there were a lot of things that didn't work for me in this book. Still, it's the Fever series and I end up devouring the titles in the series no matter what. I sincerely hope this isn't the last one, because I'm not ready to let these characters go, no matter how angry they make me.
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